A New Chancellor at Palmer College

Board of Trustees selects Dr. Dennis Marchiori after extensive search process.

By Editorial Staff

The Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees has announced the unanimous selection of Dennis Marchiori, DC, PhD, DACBR, as new chancellor. Dr. Marchiori's appointment comes after an comprehensive search process led by a board-appointed, seven-member ad hoc succession planning and search committee, assisted by an executive search firm and a five-member search advisory group featuring leaders from chiropractic, higher education and the community. Dr. Marchiori assumes the chancellor position at Palmer on Dec. 15.

"For more than a century, Palmer College has been leading the chiropractic profession and contributing to the communities surrounding our campuses," said Dr. Marchiori. "I am honored to continue the successes of the past, including recent regional accreditation and growing extramural research grants, as we advance the College through its next phase of accomplishments. We have energized students and a dedicated team of staff, faculty and administrators to promote our educational mission. Palmer College is an exceptional organization and well-positioned for future success. I'm truly honored to have been selected chancellor."

A 1990 graduate of Palmer, Dr. Marchiori has two decades of service with the college, including time spent as department chair, dean and vice president of academic affairs, as well as vice chancellor for academics for the entire Palmer system. According to Dr. Trevor Ireland, chairman of the Palmer board of trustees, "With nearly 20 years invested at Palmer College, Dr. Marchiori has proven himself as a leader in chiropractic and higher education. There is a great sense of pride in watching someone like him live the American Dream, advancing through the administrative levels and excelling with each new chapter."

The search process for a new chancellor at Palmer began a year ago following the departure of Larry Patten and the naming of William Wilke as interim chancellor. Patten retired from the college in December 2008 after serving for nearly two years as chancellor. At that time, the Palmer board noted that a nationwide search process would be undertaken, with internal and external candidates considered for the position, and that the process would likely take at least nine months. Twenty-seven candidates were ultimately considered before the decision was made to go with Dr. Marchiori.

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